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They’re making a racket, but not for much longer — and after that, not for another 17 years. This particular group, or brood, of cicadas lives in several counties along Virginia’s Blue Ridge. They’ve been underground for 17 years, living off tree roots. Now it’s time to emerge, mate, lay eggs, then die off. The noise comes from the males seeking to attract the females. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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